Peter Kay has returned to our screens in a special improvised edition of the BAFTA-winning comedy Car Share.

The show is his first TV appearance since cancelling his highly anticipated live tour in December due to "unforeseen family circumstances".

At the time, the 44-year-old comic said his "family must always come first" and that the decision to cancel his first live tour in eight years was "not taken lightly".

Image:Car Share tells the story of a supermarket assistant manager and promo rep who share a lift to work

Car Share tells the story of a supermarket assistant manager John Redmond (Kay) and promo rep Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) who share a lift to work.

Kay said he wanted to try the unscripted episode because it is "something original" and he "couldn't think of any other narrative comedies that have ever made a fully improvised episode".

He added: "As Sian and myself often ad-lib when filming, we thought we'd give it a go for an entire episode."

The second series of Car Share ended on an emotional cliff-hanger, with Kay's character rejecting the advances of his colleague Kayleigh.

Ahead of their TV premiere, the final two episodes of the show were shown to a packed audience at a charity screening at the Blackpool Opera House last month.

Raising money for The Lily Foundation – a charity which supports children with mitochondrial disease – Kay made a personal appearance and gave a short speech ahead of the screening.

The unscripted special was described by one audience member as "pure genius".

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The special edition of Car Share aired at 10pm on Monday – the final episode will follow three weeks later on the second bank holiday of the month on 28 May.

Kay – who has been named the most successful comedian of all time by Guinness World Records – has confirmed there will be no third series, telling fans he preferred to "go out on top".

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